Nov. 3, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 2 UCLA men's water polo team hammered No. 21 Concordia, 21-7 in the second game of the day on Saturday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Center. The Bruins improved to 22-2 overall while the Eagles dropped to 11-8.
Thirteen different Bruins scored in the game, led by a career-high from redshirt freshman Maxwell Vilim-Brozyna's three goals. He had one career score coming into the game with the Eagles. Sophomore David Culpan also had three scores against Concordia.
The Bruins got on the board first with a power play goal by junior Paul Pickell (6:09). But Stefano Ragosa answered (5:27) with a power play goal of his own to tie it at 1-1. Senior Josh Samuels scored ot make it 2-1 with 5:10 left. But Ragosa answered again with another extra man score to make it 2-2 at the 4:35 mark. Sophomore Paul Reynolds converted a 6-on-5 opportunity to put the Bruins up 3-2 at the 3:58 mark and then senior Bret Lathrope put UCLA up 4-2 to end the first period scoring (3:27).
Like they did in the early win over Long Beach State, the Bruins dominated the second period, pitching a 7-0 shutout. Only one of the scores for UCLA in the second period was on a power play (the first one converted by Samuels at the 6:05 mark). The Bruins also received second period goals by sophomore Aimone Barabino (5:37), Pickell (5:16), freshman Danny McClintick (4:25), Vilim-Brozyna (3:43) and then back-to-back goals by Culpan (2:53 and :13), to give UCLA an 11-2 lead at the break.
At halftime, the Bruins honored legendary coach Bob Horn, as 120 of his former players and coaches returned for Homecoming weekend to pay tribute to their long-time mentor. Horn served as UCLA's head men's water polo coach for 28 seasons before retiring in 1990. In a prolific career that spanned four decades, Horn guided UCLA to three NCAA championships and four runner-up finishes. The Bruins secured 13 league titles under Horn, and his 1988 squad captured the Club National Championship, marking the first time a team comprised entirely of collegians won the Club National Title. Horn tutored 36 first-team All-America selections and nine Olympians. He guided UCLA to 50 consecutive victories over five years, coaching four undefeated squads. He retired with an overall record of 487-188-8 and a 102-62 mark in league play. Selected as the 1965 water polo "Coach of the Year", Horn also doubled as UCLA's swimming coach from 1963-74. In 1976, he was inducted into the U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame.
The Bruins again put up a seven-spot on the scoreboard in the third period. Sophomore Stephen White started in goal for the Bruins in the second half. Andras Antal scored his only goal of the game to make it 11-3 with 7:35 to go. But the Bruins reeled off five straight goals to push the lead to 16-3. Reynolds (7:17), senior Griffin White (6:30), Vilim-Brozyna (5:59), sophomore Christopher Meinhold (5:26) all scored full-strength goals and then Culpan completed his hat trick while capping the scoring run with a power play goal at the 4:26 mark. Redshirt freshman Brian Robinson scored on a 6-on-5 opportunity (3:08) and sophomore Brendan Zwaneveld converted a penalty shot (2:28) to give UCLA an 18-6 lead at the end of three periods.
Robinson scored his second of the game to put the Bruins up 19-6 with 4:19 left. Then redshirt freshman Brandon D'Sa got in on the scoring at the 2:54 mark with a full-strength goal. Vilim-Brozyna completed his hat trick to put UCLA up 21-6 with 2:11 to go. Concordia's Bryan Buhagiar scored the last goal of the game (:21) to make the final 21-7.
The Eagles missed their only penalty shot (save by Rapacz), while the Bruins converted their only penalty shot. Both teams went 5-for-8 on power plays.
Rapacz played the first half in the cage for UCLA, making four stops while White played the second half and had three saves. Brandon Lucia made four saves through the first three periods and Jaime Saunders picked up one in the fourth quarter for Concordia. Concordia won three of the four sprints (Paul Reynolds won the second period sprint).
Concordia at No. 2 UCLA
Concordia Goals: Stefano Ragosa 3, Weston Paulson, Bryan Buhagiar, Andras Antal, Ryan McDonald
Concordia Saves: Brandon Lucia 4, Jaime Saunders 1
UCLA Goals: David Culpan 3, Maxwell Vilim-Brozyna 3, Paul Pickell 2, Brian Robinson 2, Josh Samuels 2, Paul Reynolds 2, Bret Lathrope, Griffin White, Christopher Meinhold, Danny McClintick, Aimone Barabino, Brandon D'Sa, Brendan Zwaneveld
UCLA Saves: Matt Rapacz 4, Stephen White 3
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